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International Award Ceremony 2018

2018 International Award nominees and recipients

2018 International Award nominees and recipients

International Education Week 2018 concluded with the annual Global Partners Zone International Award Ceremony. The International Award Ceremony recognizes students, faculty and staff that stood out in the international community at Georgia Southern. Whether it was for their community building skills, leadership legacy, or even their passion for advocating for and helping international students, the recipients of the following awards have truly made a lasting impact in Georgia Southern and the international community.

The ceremony took place on November 16 from 12:00-1:00pm in the Ogeechee Theatre on the Armstrong Campus.

Congratulations to our award recipients!

See the list of awards, descriptions, and recipients below:

International Student Leadership Award

  • Student must be international (F, J, or H visas; granted asylum)
  • Student is an active member in an extracurricular student/professional on-campus organization(s) and has contributed to the success of the organization’s programs and development
  • Student is not required to hold an official position, but must make measurable contributions to the organization(s); leadership position preferred
  • Student demonstrates philosophy of diversity, inclusion, and engaging with people from different backgrounds
  • Student can be a short-term or degree-seeking student
  • Student has balanced his/her studies and extracurricular activities well
  • Criteria: 3.0 GPA; must be in good immigration and academic standing; undergraduate or graduate student

Recipient 2017: Ekanayake Mudiyanselage Nipuna Ambanpola

Recipient 2018: Darnel Howlett

International Student Leadership Award Recipient 2018: Darnel Howlett

International Student Leadership Award Recipient 2018: Darnel Howlett

Global Community Building Award

  • Student can be international or domestic
  • Student exhibits leadership and solidarity by welcoming and helping new international students adjusting on campus
  • Student acts as a mentor or leader for international students; international students look to this student for assistance and guidance
  • Student demonstrates philosophy of diversity, inclusion, and engaging with people from different backgrounds
  • Criteria: 2.5 GPA; must be in good immigration and academic standing; can be a short-term or degree-seeking student
Recipient 2017: Kaushalkumar Rajeshbhai Patel

Recipient 2018: Yearim Yang

International Student Overcoming Obstacles Award

  • Student must be international (F, J, or H visas; granted asylum)
  • A) Student was previously doing poorly academically on campus, might have been considered an academically at-risk student (this is determined by the person nominating, e.g. a professor or advisor) who has significantly brought up his/her grades and improved class/semester performance; or
  • B) Student was having difficulty integrating into campus life, was formerly disengaged and withdrawn, who has become more involved with peers in activities and/or organizations around campus and is having a more enjoyable life on campus
  • Criteria: 2.5 GPA, must be in good immigration and student standing; can be a short-term or degree-seeking student.

Recipient 2017: Karuna Mary Bollam

Recipient 2018: Nhien Lê

International Student Academic Distinction Award

  • Student must be international (F, J, or H visas; granted asylum)
  • Student has been an academically successful student by maintaining consistently high grades, demonstrating knowledge by class participation, assists classmates in understanding class concepts
  • Student contributes to their field by attending conferences in field of study, assisting a professor in research, presented or working towards presenting research, and/or published/co-published research, etc.
  • Student is self-motivated and driven to succeed academically and professionally
  • Criteria: 3.2 GPA, must be in good immigration and student standing; must be a degree-seeking student.

Recipient 2017: Iva Šćepanović

Recipient 2018: Darnel Howlett

International Student Advocate Award

  • Must be a faculty/staff member at Georgia Southern University
  • F/S can be international or domestic
  • F/S exhibits leadership and solidarity by welcoming and helping new international students adjusting on campus
  • F/S acts as a mentor or leader for international students; international students look to this student for assistance and guidance
  • F/S demonstrates philosophy of diversity, inclusion, and engaging with people from different backgrounds
  • F/S makes intentional efforts to engage and include international students
  • F/S has made a measurable impact on campus for international students through mentorship, programming, advocacy, and/or improving campus environment

Recipient 2017: Kristin R. Kasting Karam

Recipient 2018: Dr. Dorothée Mertz-Weigel

International Student Advocate Award Recipient 2018: Dr. Dorothée Mertz-Weigel

International Student Advocate Award Recipient 2018: Dr. Dorothée Mertz-Weigel 

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